I Thought His Name Was Harvey [Special Screenings, July 21-28]

Studio Ghibli Festival. The festival grinds to an end with films by the anime studio’s co-founders. Isao Takahata’s Grave of Fireflies follows two children struggling to survive in World War II-torn Japan after they lose their mother to an air raid; as things get grimmer, they keep their spirits up by watching entertaining fireflies. Hayao Miyazaki’s epic Princess Mononoke has the last Emishi prince burdened with a curse that gives him superhuman fighting abilities that will eventually kill him if he is not cured in time. The prince travels west for a cure, only to be embroiled in a war between forest gods and a mining company. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., July 21. Grave of Fireflies, 5:30 p.m.; Princess Mononoke, 8 p.m. $8-$10.

Inside Out. This 2015 Pixar animated flick had kids reaching for the scalpels because a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias) experienced basic emotions as beings inside of her. Centennial Park, 14722 Devonshire Ave., Tustin, (714) 573-3326. Thurs., July 21, 7:50 p.m. Free; also at Grand Park, 6101 City Lights Dr., Aliso Viejo, (949) 243-7750. Fri., 6 p.m. (complimentary face painting begins), movie starts at dusk. Free; Brio Park, 300 S. Euclid St., La Habra, (562) 383-4205. Fri., 7:45 p.m. Free; Arovista Park, 415 W. Elm St., Brea, (714) 990-7112. Fri., 8 p.m. Free.

Finding Nemo. Before Dory, there was the little clownfish that got away from Albert Brooks. Coyote Hills Golf Course, 1440 E. Bastanchury Rd., Fullerton, (714) 672-6800, ext. 5. Fri., 5 p.m. $10-$20.

2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour. It’s a 95-minute program of eight short films selected from this year’s festival in Park City, Utah. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 6 & 8 p.m. $8-$10; Sat., 11 a.m., 1, 3, 6 & 8 p.m. $7-$10; Sun., 1, 3, 6 & 8 p.m. $7-$10; Mon. & Thurs., July 28, 6 & 8 p.m. $8-$10.

Wet Hot American Summer. Based on David Wain’s experiences at summer camp, this 2001 screwball comedy stars members of the director/co-writer’s sketch ensemble the State as well as the then-unknown or barely known Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper (in his film debut) and Marguerite Moreau, who once said, “Hi, Matt” as I was walking out and she was walking into a deluxe portable toilet at Sundance. Surely it was due to my reputation, not the press badge. The Riverbed, 1426 E. Vermont Ave., Anaheim, (714) 698-9106. Fri., 6:30 p.m. Free.

Avengers: Age of Ultron. Try as I might, I can’t find an Emma Peel in these Marvel flicks. Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine; www.hotelirvine.com/happenings/movienights. Fri., 7 p.m. $5.

Big Hero 6. This Disney 3D-computer-animated hit has Hiro (Ryan Potter), his friends and his older brother’s health-care robot (Scott Adsit) battling an evil villain in San Fransokyo, which is where I left my artificial heart. Oak Canyon Nature Center, 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Rd., Anaheim, (714) 998-8380. Fri., 7:30 p.m. Free, but $5 per-family donation suggested.

Million Dollar Arm. Jon Hamm plays a sports agent in dire need of clients going to India to turn cricket players into baseball pitchers. Seventh-inning yoga stretch, anyone? Eastside Community Park, 5400 Eastside Circle, Yorba Linda,(714) 961-7100. Fri., 7:45 p.m. Free.

The Good Dinosaur. Is there such a thing? Dirty, stinking, rotten dinosaurs—GOOD RIDDANCE! Oh, this is a family film. Have a good dinosaur time! Placentia Champions Sports Complex, 505 N. Jefferson, Placentia, (714) 993-8232. Fri., 8 p.m. Free.

Rosemary’s Baby. Roman Polanski’s 1968 masterpiece of suspense, Satanism and even a little comedy—starring a very young-looking Mia Farrow—is your Friday Night Freakout. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 11 p.m. $8-$10.

The Other Side. Disarmed veterans, taciturn adolescents, drug addicts, ex-Special Forces soldiers still at war and other folks on society’s margins in Louisiana are followed in Roberto Minervini’s documentary. The Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. $8-$11.

Planes. I deleted this from my DVR queue the same morning I typed this because no one watched it. It’s like Cars, only with planes. Westminster Branch Library, 8180 13th St., Westminster, (714) 893-5057. Sat., 2 p.m. Free.

Toy Story. The next time you pull the cord on the back of your kid’s Woody doll and hear “Howdy pardner” or “Reach for the sky,” know that you are hearing the voice of Tom Hanks’ brother, as the movie star only voices the theatrical releases. Orville R. Lewis Park, 3662 Kempton Dr., Los Alamitos, (562) 430-1073. Sat., 6:30 p.m. Free.

Donnie Darko. Really great Richard Kelly flick about a troubled kid (Jake Gyllenhaal) who does very bad things because a big bunny rabbit tells him to. Lola’s Outdoor Retro Cinema at Sunnyside Cemetery, 1095 E. Willow St., Long Beach; www.facebook.com/lbcinematheque. Sat., 7:30 p.m. $12; children younger than 5 free and card-carrying members of the Frida Cinema, free. Parking and seating are first-come, first served; gates open at 6:30 p.m.


M*A*S*H. Robert Altman’s chaotic comedy is the best Korean War film about the Vietnam War ever! Huntington Beach Central Library Theater, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach. Sat., 8 p.m. $12.50.

The Goonies. A group of misfits seek pirate treasure to save their home in Richard Donner’s take on Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg’s script. A different group of misfits raise funds to keep their skateboard park open at this “Family Movie Night Skatepark Fundraiser,” featuring the free movie and food for sale. Etnies Skate Park, 20028 Lake Forest Dr., Lake Forest, (949) 916-5870. Sat., 8:30 p.m. Free.

Bugsy Malone. New York City, 1929. Hoodlums. Showgirls. Dreamers. All played by pint-size actors, including future superstar Jodie Foster. It’s this week’s Calle Cuatro Matinee. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sun., 11 a.m. $1-$5.

Werther. Beamed live into theaters around the country is the Royal Opera House production based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s loosely autobiographical novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, which tells the story of the poet’s hopeless love for Charlotte, who is committed to another man. Oh, what a tangled Charlotte’s web he weaves. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446; also at Regency South Coast Village, 1561 Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Sun., 12:55 p.m.; Tues., 7 p.m. $8.75-$11.50.

One Man, Two Guvnors. It’s a high-resolution recording of the London stage production of Richard Bean’s musical comedy starring James Corden, before he came to LA to host a late-night show and do his “Carpool Karaoke” bit. It’s about an easily confused chap who becomes entangled with two local criminals trying to prevent him from learning he is working for them. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine. Sun., 2 p.m. $17.

Elf. What better time than the middle of July for a family Christmas flick with Will Ferrell in green tights? Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 556-2787; www.SCFTA.org/moviemondays. Mon., dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). Free.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. Alvin (Justin Long) and his pals cross the country to stop music manager Dave (Jason Lee) from marrying an emergency-room doctor. Thanks, Obamacare. Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (949) 425-3861; also at Anaheim Hills 14, 8030 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd., Anaheim Hills, (714) 282-5953; Brea Stadium West 10, 255 W. Birch St., Brea, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Market Place Stadium 10, 13782 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, (844) 462-7342; Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22, 26602 Towne Center Dr., Foothill Ranch, (949) 588-9402; Kaleidoscope Stadium 10, 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo, (949) 582-4078; and Metro Pointe Stadium 12, 901 South Coast Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 428-0962. Tues., 10 a.m. $1.

The Book of Life. I remember seeing the poster for this 2014 animated comedy adventure at a bus bench on Fairview and South Coast Drive and thinking to myself, “Isn’t that something?” Never saw it, though. La Habra Stadium 16, 1351 W. Imperial Hwy., La Habra, (562) 690-4909. Tues., 10 a.m. $1.

Home. The voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna and Steve Martin help tell the animated tale of an alien—on the run from his own people—who befriends a girl on a quest to find out why a comedy genius such as Martin would dare play Sgt. Bilko. Krikorian’s Buena Park Metroplex 18, 8290 La Palma Ave., Buena Park, (714) 826-2152. Tues., 10 a.m. Free (sponsored by Buena Park Downtown); also at Krikorian’s San Clemente Cinema 6, 641B Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente, (949) 661-7469. Tues., 10 a.m. $1.

Space Jam. Michael Jordan posts up Bugs Bunny and throws an elbow into the bill of Daffy Duck, causing Pork Pig to go all Yosemite Sam on his ass. Charter Centre Cinemas, 7822 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 596-3456. Tues., 10:30 a.m. $2.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Follow Arthur, King of the Britons, Sir Lancelot the Brave and Sir Robin the Not-So-Brave-as-Sir-Lancelot as they follow God’s directive to find the Holy Grail in this Monty Python classic. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $9.

Curious George. Hey, it’s Irvine’s own Will Ferrell again, this time voicing a monkey’s adult human overseer in a big hat. You know what they say about big hats? “Big hat, big voice-over check.” Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (949) 425-3861; also at Anaheim Hills 14, (714) 282-5953; Brea Stadium West 10, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Market Place Stadium 10, (844) 462-7342; Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22, (949) 588-9402; Kaleidoscope Stadium 10, (949) 582-4078; and Metro Pointe Stadium 12, (714) 428-0962. Wed., 10 a.m. $1.

Hotel Transylvania 2. This computer-3D-animated flick has Dracula (Adam Sandler) worried about his human hotel guests because his half-human grandson is displaying vampire traits like he’s a Wall Street banker or something. La Habra Stadium 16, 1351 W. Imperial Hwy., La Habra, (562) 690-4909. Wed., 10 a.m. $1.


Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s the popcorn flick that proved Chris Pratt could be an action/sci-fi leading man. Pacific City, Level Two, near Smocking Birds and Ocean Blue Art + Design, 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach; www.gopacificcity.com/events. Wed., 7 p.m. Free.

The Godfather Part II. If this 1974 classic was not the first sequel that was better than the film that preceded it, it is certainly among a rarefied few. Francis Ford Coppola brilliantly crafts two stories showing young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) growing up in Sicily and 1910s New York and Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) growing into his role as the family crime boss in the 1950s. Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

American Graffiti. Before Star Wars sequels ruined George Lucas as a filmmaker, he made this 1973 dramedy about high-school grads spending the last night of their 1962 summer vacation cruising the strip with their buddies before going off to college. Like cruising the strip with your buddies, this movie is overrated, although it did kick-start a wave of late-1950s/early-’60s nostalgia that was capitalized on by TV’s Happy Days, which, like Graffiti, starred Arrested Development‘s narrator. Fullerton Public Library, Osborne Auditorium, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6334. Thurs., July 28, 1 p.m. Free.

Celeste & Jesse Forever. It’s an R-rated, 2012 rom-com-dram about a divorcing couple (Andy Samberg and co-writer Rashida Jones) trying to stay friends while seeing other people. Tustin Library, Computer Lab, 345 E. Main St., Tustin, (714) 544-7725. Thurs., July 28, 2 p.m. Free.

Shaun the Sheep Movie. A mix-up with a farmer, a caravan and a steep hill land Shaun and his flock in the Big City. I blame Big Farm-a. Cedar Grove Park, 11385 Pioneer Rd., Tustin, (714) 573-3326. Thurs., July 28, 7:50 p.m. Free.

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